Fine lines and wrinkles are one of the most well recognised signs of aging. They are the result of the repetitive movement of our facial muscles in creating our facial expressions. Fine lines from facial expressions often appear between the brows, across the forehead and around the eyes. Other lines such as “smoker’s lines” appear around the mouth from constant puckering of the lips.
Lines and wrinkles start out very fine and only visible in motion – these are called dynamic lines. These dynamic lines respond very well to wrinkle relaxer or anti-wrinkle injections. Left untreated, over time, these lines will eventually become deeper and more ‘etched’ into the skin layer. They become visible even when we are not making an expression and are called static lines. Once lines become static or ‘etched’ into the skin, they cannot be simply ironed away and treatments such as wrinkle relaxers or anti-wrinkle injections are not as effective. However, with regular wrinkle relaxer or anti-wrinkle or skin treatments, they can be significantly improved.
Other causes of fine lines and wrinkles include loss of volume, ‘sleep lines’ from consistently sleeping on the same side, certain medical conditions and medications, lifestyle factors such as smoking and sun damage which may lead to poor skin quality. Fine lines and wrinkles are best treated with a range of treatment modalities.
Depending on the actual cause of lines and wrinkles and where the lines appear on your face, it may be best to prevent movement, restore lost volume or improve skin quality.
When it comes to fine lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movement (such as those seen in our frown and forehead lines or crow’s feet), the best treatment option is to minimise or prevent muscle movement using wrinkle relaxers or anti-wrinkle injections. Our skin is similar to a piece of paper in that, the more that it is creased, the more stubborn the lines become. So fine lines and wrinkles are best treated when they first become noticeable.
We are also commonly seeing a phenomenon called ‘tech neck’ which are bands across the neck caused by constantly flexing the neck when looking at our phone or electronic devices. The neck can be effectively treated using SkinTyte II and Nefertiti Neck Lift.
Lines which appear in the middle and lower parts of our face, such as smile lines (also known as nasolabial folds) or those appearing in the corners of our mouth (also known as marionette lines) are caused by loss of volume and repetitive facial movements over time and are discussed in our Anti-Aging and Full Face Makeover sections. Improving skin quality with advanced skin treatments such as COCO Medi-facials, COCO Radiance Medi-Peels, Medical Grade Skin Needling (Dermapen), Broad Band Light (BBL™) Skin Rejuvenation, Halo PRO Laser and Skin Boosters are all highly recommended for minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Book in for a consultation with one our Medical Skin Professionals to discover suitable treatment options for you.